Mike's New Car
|Mike's New Car|
Poster for Mike's New Car
|Directed by||Pete Docter
Roger L. Gould
|Produced by||Gale Gortney|
|Written by||Original Story:
Roger L. Gould
|Music by||Randy Newman|
|Edited by||Robert Grahamjones|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Buena Vista Pictures
Mike's New Car is a 2002 Pixar computer animated short comedy film, starring the two main characters from Monsters, Inc., Sulley and Mike. Directed by Pete Docter and Roger L. Gould, it is the first Pixar short to use dialogue and the first to take characters and situations from a previously established work.
Mike is obsessed with his new six-wheel drive car, and insists on showing it off to Sulley. Unfortunately for Mike, anything that can go wrong does go wrong. Sulley plays with the power seat until an annoyed Mike asks him to stop. Mike starts the engine and hears the seatbelt reminder tone sound off. Although Sulley manages to get his seatbelt on easily, Mike finds his seatbelt stuck and accidentally locks himself out of the car while trying to unstick it. Sulley, trying to be helpful, but confused by the massive amount of buttons on the dashboard, pops the hood open. When Mike goes over to close it, Sulley ends up closing the hood on Mike's fingers, causing Mike to scream, until Sulley ends up trapping Mike in the engine compartment. Mike manages to escape, re-enters the car, and is exasperated by the continuous seatbelt reminder tone. Sulley reaches for another button on the dash, and when Mike manages to put his seat-belt on, he turns the windshield wipers on by accident. Mike shouts, "Don't touch anything! I'll do it." and pushes a button that launches the entire car into chaotic malfunction, including conga music playing loudly on the car's stereo system. Mike finally ends the chaos by pulling the key out of the ignition, but as Sulley adds insult to injury when, in an attempt to realign the rearview mirror, he breaks it off. Mike gets angry, forces Sulley out of the car, and speeds away, wrecking the car completely. Sulley mutters, "Huh, that's weird, the airbag didn't go off." Right on cue, the airbag inflates, and its force sends Mike flying back up the street. Sulley catches Mike, who mourns for his old car before agreeing to walk to work while the credits roll.
Mike's New Car was released on September 17, 2002, attached as bonus feature on the Monsters, Inc. DVD and VHS release. The DVD release features commentary by "Docter and Gould", which turn out to be the directors' young children. The short was also released on November 10, 2009, on the Monsters, Inc. Blu-ray.
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